Former Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) captain David Warner has confirmed the end of his association with the franchise, with whom he won the Indian Premier League (IPL) title in 2016, mentioning that he will put his name in the mega auction for the IPL 2022 season.
David Warner has an abysmal outing in the IPL 2021 in both halves of the tournament. Though he did manage two half-centuries when the tournament was being played in India, his captaincy came under the hammer as SRH managed to win just one match out of seven they played in Chennai’s MA Chidambaram stadium.
Warner was replaced as captain midway into the first half of the tournament by New Zealand’s Kane Williamson and was even dropped from the playing XI altogether. Though Warner found himself in the mix of playing XI once the tournament moved to the United Arab Emirates (UAE) in September- October, he returned scores of 0 and 2 opening in place of Jonny Bairstow who had decided not to travel to UAE for the second leg.
This was the end of David Warner in IPL 2021 as after this, he was dropped from the XI and was not even called in the dugout, watching the remainder of matches from his hotel room or from the stands.
I Will Put My Name In The Auction: David Warner
The left-hander is the highest run-getter by far for the SRH franchise, who finished at the bottom of the points table in IPL 2021. Warner, who was stripped of the Sunrisers captaincy earlier in the season, said being left out of the squad for the final six games of the UAE leg of IPL 2021 was a “tough pill to swallow”.
He said he is still to get an explanation from Sunrisers Hyderabad for dropping him from the team.
“It was a tough pill to swallow. I kind of laughed at the reasoning, that two guys were hitting the ball out of the middle a little bit better than I was. Given that when you’re playing the game you’re playing the scenario.
Obviously, there are a lot of moving parts around there. What you have to do as a professional athlete is take it on the chin do everything you can for the team. Not being able to go there, run drinks, and be around was when it sort of hit home that it could be personal, and I’m still yet to get those answers,” Warner told a morning show on Australian radio station SEN, on Thursday.
When asked about his future in the Indian Premier League and with Sunrisers Hyderabad, Warner said he has likely played his final game for Sunrisers Hyderabad, where he has spent eight seasons and with whom he won the 2016 championship.
“I will put my name in the auction. By the signs of the recent IPL, I won’t be retained by the Sunrisers, so I’m looking forward to a fresh start,” he said.
The IPL 2022 will have two new franchises taking part in the auction and the eyes of officials of both the teams will be on Warner, given that he is a terrific opener and able captain.